Rendon, Armando

Armando Rendon

My hometown is San Antonio, Texas. Since the age of 10 I’ve lived mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area; now live near Berkeley with my wife, Helen. In 1971, I authored Chicano Manifesto, the first book, I believe, about Chicanos by a Chicano. Besides earning a living in public affairs for federal and state agencies in Washington, D.C., and California, I’ve taught at The American University, in D.C., and for the past 23 years as a part time lecturer in the Great Books seminar program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, my first alma mater. While earning the Juris Doctor at A.U. in 1982, with the goal of working in international human rights, I researched and wrote a seminal work on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and since have worked with Chicano and American Indian human rights groups. A highlight of my work with indigenous groups was delivering an intervention at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva in 1995, presenting the case against the human rights violations inherent in Proposition 187. I launched Somos en escrito — — in November 2009 to promote and enhance the spread of Chicano and Latino literature.

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